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Policing in a pandemic: Aligning to lead together

In the May edition of Blue Line’s Holding the Line column, Michelle Vincent reminds us all police officers and civilians within a policing organization are “human beings and, as such, they are vulnerable to illness, may have elderly parents, young children, family members who are ill and/or pregnant all within their households, or other circumstances that may challenge their moral duty to serve in this pandemic.” They will deal with unique circumstances — riots, panicking citizens, hospital protocols — and questions around where to take those experiencing immediate suicidal ideation when hospitals are not available. “All of these circumstances are being processed while working with minimal staffing, sleep deprivation due to shift work and the weight of life’s challenges on their shoulders.”

Understanding people and the stages of confinement

In this month’s Health & Wellness column, we hear how humans are inherently hardwired to be social and to develop habits. “In countless ways life as we know it is drastically changing at an unprecedented speed completely outside the realm of our control,” the authors write. Social life, gatherings, concerts, festivals, community events, sport competitions, and group activities that typically promote human connections are replaced with mandatory “social distancing.”

CSIS says proposed federal privacy reforms could hinder spy operations

Canada’s spy agency has warned the Trudeau government that proposed changes to bolster privacy could undermine the ability of intelligence agents to collect and use information about citizens.
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Improving DNA typing • May’s Technology column

Over the past 35 years, the field of forensic genetics and its accompanying analytical tools — often termed the “gold standard” — have become the premier forensic discipline. DNA can be derived from minute biological samples and used to differentiate most individuals in the population and, more importantly, exclude those who have been wrongly associated with forensic biological evidence. DNA typing is an extremely powerful tool for supporting investigations. » Read more

COVID-19 behind one per cent cut to Vancouver’s policing budget: council

The union representing Vancouver’s police officers joined the police chief last week in criticizing a budget cut passed by city council, arguing their services shouldn’t be reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. » Read more

New CASE LAW: Attempted detention is no detention

Unless a police interaction constitutionally amounts to a “detention,” there is no need to determine its arbitrariness nor a requirement for police to provide a reason for it. » Read more

Out of the Cold — File No. 2: A composite drawing from 20 years ago…

Blue Line is proactively profiling a cold case in every other print issue for our readers to share in order to spark renewed interest and hopefully generate tips and information. This edition revisits a case from 1999 when a woman’s body was found along Victoria Avenue, also known as Regional Road No. 24, in Ontario’s Niagara region. » Read more

Police Judo Handcuffing Clinic

Location: Burnaby, B.C.
Date: May 23, 2020
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Allies 4 Youth Connections

Location: Edmonton, Alta.
Date: May 25-26, 2020 • POSTPONED to 2021
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Location: Ottawa, Ont.
Date: May 27-28, 2020 • POSTPONED to June, 2-3, 2021
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